What are TRANSITIONAL Supportive Housing and Modular Housing

Case Study: LifeMoves Mountain View | Case Study: 33 Gough St.

Modular housing is a method of building houses where housing components are manufactured off-site and then put together in pieces on the lot. Modular technology typically results in a dramatic reduction in cost and construction time compared to traditional stick-built housing.

Some of the most demanding construction tasks are done in a factory setting which increases the speed and efficiency of on-site construction

Transitional Supportive Housing, built with Modular technology, offers people experiencing homelessness bridge housing in the form of a tiny home until more permanent placements can be established.


Cost to build: $50-200k/unit
Time to build: 6 months or less


Cost to build: $800k/unit
Time to build: 5+ Years

Transitional Supportive Housing is a faster and more cost-efficient alternative to traditional Permanent Supportive Housing

Transitional Supportive Housing Model: LifeMoves Mountain View

Property Details:

  • 100 units (88 single; 12 families)
  • On-site social services (e.g., case management, meals, linen service, etc.)
  • Estimated to serve over 300 people/year for the next five years

Timeline & Building Costs:

  • Design Process to Completion: 8 months (Oct. 2020 – May 2021)
  • Total costs: $17 million (includes land development)
    • $170,000/door
    • $89/bed/night services
  • Housed 20% of people experiencing homelessness in Mountain View the day it opened

LifeMoves Exterior

LifeMoves Community Area

Transitional Supportive Housing Model: 33 Gough St.

Property Details:

  • 70 modular sleeping cabins
  • Units are equipped with a bed, desk, windows, heat,
    wifi, storage, lock and keyed doors, and built with a
    strong foundation and thick walls
  • Offices, dining hall, and a community area
  • On-site supportive services (e.g., case management,
    educational workshops, security, mental & behavioral
    services, etc.)

Timeline & Building Costs:

  • Permitting timeline:
    3 weeks
  • Manufacturing and installation:
    14 weeks
  • Total project cost = $2 million
    • $1.7 million in construction costs / $24,285/door
  • Units will occupy lot for 18 months before the city has the option to renew the lease/relocate
  • Units built to last 20 years

Walkway at 33 Gough

Interior at 33 Gough